Headmaster Newsletter 27 May 2016

Uniform

  • In January 2015 we began the two year process of phasing in some new items of uniform and phasing out the old items they are replacing. Chief among these items are:
  • The introduction of a plain blue shirt to replace the checked school shirt.
  • The beige fleece is being replaced with a navy blue dri-mac with the School badge on the left breast.
  • From Grade 10 to 12 the introduction of a black school blazer with the School badge on the breast pocket.

This is just a reminder that as from January 2017 the replaced items may no longer be worn and the blazer will be compulsory for learners from Grade 10 to 12.

If you do not buy these items directly from our uniform supplier, you may still buy the blazer badge from Sign Centre, or have the badge embroidered onto the dri-mac, also at Sign Centre.

Horse Riding

On Saturday three of our riders went to Polokwane to ride in the SANESA second qualifier for Limpopo colours. Lyandi van der Merwe rode her horse Charlie, Leo Baber took Cavello along, and Ruben le Roux took his SA Boerperd Sweep and his Saddler cross Teddy II.

Cavello was much more relaxed this time around and he and Leo gained a 1st place in the Ideal Time 50cm Show Jumping event. Well done, Leo!

Lyandi and Charlie enjoyed even more success, getting a 3rd place in the 50cm Accumulator Show Jumping, Second in the Performance Riding Level 1, and 1st in the Working Riding Level 1. Lyandi, you are improving at every competition.

Ruben got a 3rd place Competition Show Jumping at 80cm on Teddy II, 2nd Show Jumping Accumulator 80cm on Teddy II, and first in Working Riding Level 3 on Sweep. Ruben, you are doing so well as you take on the bigger jumps and more demanding classes.

Leo and Cavello looking very good as they win the 50cm Ideai Time Show Jumping Event.

Leo and Cavello looking very good as they win the 50cm Ideai Time Show Jumping Event.

Ruben helps Sweep conquer gravity as they rise to this jump.
(Pictures courtesy of Tanya Baber)

Ruben helps Sweep conquer gravity as they rise to this jump.
(Pictures courtesy of Tanya Baber)

Lyandi and Ruben sit astride Charlie and Sweep as they proudly display their ribbons.
(Picture courtesy of Adriana le Roux)

Lyandi and Ruben sit astride Charlie and Sweep as they proudly display their ribbons.
(Picture courtesy of Adriana le Roux)

Soccer

Our High School soccer team played a home game against Hoërskool Nylstroom on Tuesday and the
final score was 4 – 1 against. It was a game of two halves, since Nylies scored all their goals in the
first half and we replied with our single goal in the second half. Standing at the side of the field
during the second half, it was exciting to see our players making use of every opportunity and taking
numerous shots at goal. It was also lovely to watch our backs break up the opposition attacks on our
goal. Our soccer players have certainly displayed a high level of commitment to the game and to
their team.

This was the last game of soccer this term and we congratulate our team and their coach on the
manner in which they approached their sport this season.

Dinneck Masumba fought for this ball and came away with it, successfully
putting our team onto yet another attack.

Dinneck Masumba fought for this ball and came away with it, successfully
putting our team onto yet another attack.

Tristan Gorie about to cross the ball to Mpho, Tivane and Dinneck. Yes, that is
the ball Dinneck just won!

Tristan Gorie about to cross the ball to Mpho, Tivane and Dinneck. Yes, that is
the ball Dinneck just won!

Netball

Our netball teams travelled to Euphorbia in Mookgapong for the third round of their league. Our
U/9 girls won one game and lost one. Our U/11s won all three of their games, and our U/13s won
one and lost two. Well done, Girls.

Next week on Thursday we will host the other three schools as the league’s final round of games is
played. This promises to be an exciting tournament, and a wonderful opportunity for us to
showcase the Academy.

Sport and Examinations

At Waterberg Academy we endeavour to keep these two activities apart. This means that with the
exception of Senior Preparatory Netball which has its closing tournament next week, all other team
sports have been brought to a halt until next term so that our learners can have ample time to
prepare for their mid-year exams.

Mark Godfrey